4-H brings young people, ages 5 to 18, and adults together to learn everyday skills through hands-on-learning. Working on activities from animal and plant sciences to robotics, 4-H'ers learn problem-solving skills that can make a positive impact upon our community. Through 4-H, you people learn to meet the divers challenges of today's world; build self confidence; learn responsibility; and make positive decisions.
About 4-H clubs
4-H clubs are open to ages 8 to 18. Clubs meet monthly for group activities and club business. Each club elects officers and has an approved adult leader who supervises club activities. Club members also enroll in projects in their areas of interest.
With projects on more than 75 topics, 4-H has something to interest every child. Here are just a few of the opportunities 4-H offers — geocaching, robotics, international exchanges, horsemanship, pets, starting a business, arts and crafts, raising animals, woodworking, photography and gardening.
Clover Kids clubs
Clover Kids introduces 5- to 7-year-olds to the 4-H experience. In Clover Kids, children learn how to get along with others, work in groups, explore their interests, while building self-confidence. Clover Kids do not enroll in projects or raise animals, and do not participate in competitive events, contests or shows.
How to join
Joining 4-H is as easy as contacting the extension center. A staff member will explain the enrollment process and membership dues. In addition to dues, some projects may require a small investment to get started, and there may be a fee for materials, trips or other activities.
Young people are welcome to join at any time. The 4-H program year runs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30. Certain activities may have participation deadlines.
Be a 4-H volunteer
Adult volunteers are essential to 4-H. Adult volunteers serve as club or project leaders, help with county or regional events, chair committees and organize fund raisers. You don't have to be a parent or grandparent of the 4-H member to get involved. All volunteers are screened for child abuse and neglect, as well criminal records, before they are accepted and each year thereafter. As a volunteer, University of Missouri Extension will provide you with training so you will be well-prepared and successful as an adult leader. The orientation includes information on 4-H history and the educational framework, the characteristics of age groups, character development and safety.
State 4-H Council
All Missouri 4-H'ers are represented at the state level by the State 4-H Council. Elected from each region at State 4-H Congress, Missouri's State 4-H Council works with county youth liaisons, assists in planning and implementing statewide 4-H programs, gives young people input on 4-H program and policy issues, and works to address the issues and concerns most important to Missouri 4-H youth.
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Event date: Dec. 15, 2022
Event time: | 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
This workshop is for youth or adults. Everything will be supplied and each registrant will leave with a ham ready to hang in an unheated building with good ventilation so the curing process can take place. Those attending will learn how the ...
News & articles
- Published: Friday, Sept. 2, 2022
SEDALIA, Mo. – “Making the best better” for generations of Missouri 4-H club members, 40 volunteers joined the 2022 Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame on Aug. 20 at State Fair Community College in Sedalia.The Missouri 4-H Foundation recognizes ...
- Published: Friday, Aug. 26, 2022
WASHINGTON – Seventeen Missouri youths traveled to Washington, D.C., July 2-11 for the 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus event.Members of the 2022 delegation:Alexandria Creason – Adair CountyWilliam Hickman and Emmalyn Schnieders – Clay ...
- Published: Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022
County endowment funds created by the Missouri 4-H Foundation have had a significant impact on many Missouri counties within the last year. The Foundation currently manages six county endowment funds benefiting Barton, Callaway, Dade, Henry, Pike and ...
- Published: Monday, Dec. 20, 2021
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Dynamic Remotely Operated Navigation Equipment (DRONE) is at the top of many gift wish lists this year. But it is best to get acquainted with the rules for aerial drones before using one, according to Willa Williams, 4-H youth ...
A downloadable PDF version of 4-H Youth Services to Communities Form (LG760). Fill out this form to track community service and submit it to your county Extension office.
Michelle Kleeman, MU Extension & Engagement State Advisory Committee member & Dade County Extension Council advisor, wrote this story about an inspiring young entrepreneur featured in the July/August 2020 issue of Pink Tractor, a national ‘zine ...